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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Legend: James Brown

b. 3rd May 1933, Barnwell, South Carolina, U.S.A.

d. 25th December 2006, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, U.S.A.


James Brown was a pivotal figure on the Black Music scene.

James Brown claims he was born in 1933 in Macon, Georgia although this seems to be a questionable date. Whether this is the truth or not, only James will know!

Convicted of theft at the age of 16, he was imprisoned at the Alto Reform School, but secured an early release with the help of local singer Bobby Byrd.

James later joined his group, the Gospel Starlighters, who evolved into the Flames.

In 1955, they recorded a demo of 'Please Please Please' at WIBB, a Macon, Georgia radio station.

James BrownBrown And Jagger

Local airplay was such that talent scout Ralph Bass signed the group to the King / Federal company.

A re-recorded version of the song was issued in March 1956. Credited to 'James Brown And The Famous Flames', it eventually climbed to number 5 in the US R & B list.

Further releases did less well until 1958, when 'Try Me' rose to number 1 in the same chart.

Once again Brown found it difficult to maintain this level of success, but 'I'll Go Crazy' and 'Think' (both 1960) ensured some career stability.

From thereon, until 1977, almost every 'official' single charted. However, it was an album, 'Live At The Apollo' (1962), that assuredly established the singer.

This excellent collection confirmed Brown as the voice of Black America. More than 30 years on, this album stands out as one of the greatest live sets.

His singles continued to enthrall: energetic songs such as 'Night Train' and 'Shout And Shimmy' contrasted with such slower sermons as 'I Don't Mind' and 'Bewildered', but it was the orchestrated, 'Prisoner Of Love' (1963), that gave Brown his first US top 20 pop single.

Having charted, Brown was keen to move on.

Dissatisfied with his record label King, he ignored contractual niceties and signed with Smash Records.

By the time his former outlet had taken legal proceedings, 'Out Of Sight' had become another national hit.

The single marked the beginning of a leaner, tighter sound that would ultimately re-structure dance music.

Throughout the 60's, Brown proclaimed an artistic freedom with increasingly unconventional songs, including 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag', 'I Got You (I Feel Good)', 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World' (with full orchestra) and 'Money Won't Change You'.

In 1967, Alfred Ellis replaced Nat Jones as Brown's musical director and 'Cold Sweat' introduced further radical refinements to the group's presentation.

With Clyde Stubblefield on drums, 'Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud' (1968), 'Mother Popcorn' (1969), and 'Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine' (1970) were each stripped down to a persistent, rhythmic riff, over which the singer soared, sometimes screaming, sometimes pleading, but always with an assertive urgency.

In 1971, Brown moved to Polydor Records and unveiled a new backing band, the JB's.

Led by Fred Wesley, it featured such seasoned players as Maceo Parker and St. Clair Pinckney, as well as a new generation of musicians.

Elsewhere, former bassist Bootsy Collins defected with other ex-members to George Clinton's Funkadelic.

He continued to enjoy substantial hits.

In 1974, he had three successive number 1 R & B singles in 'The Payback', 'My Thang' and 'Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part 1)', and Brown also scored two film soundtracks, 'Black Caesar' and 'Slaughter's Big Rip Off'.

As the decade progressed, his work became less compulsive, suffering a drop in popularity with the advent of disco.

A cameo role in the movie 'The Blues Brothers' marked time, and in 1980 Brown left the Polydor label.

Subsequent releases on such smaller labels as TK, Augusta Sound and Backstreet were only marginally successful.

Brown returned with a vengeance in 1986 (the year he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame) with 'Livin' In America', the theme song from the Rocky IV film soundtrack.

An international hit single, it was followed by two R & B Top 10 entries, 'How Do You Stop' (1987) and 'I'm Real' (1988), the latter of which inspired an album of the same name, recorded with soul outfit Full Force.

The Brown resurrection was abruptly curtailed that same year when the singer was arrested after a high-speed car chase.

Charged with numerous offences, including illegal possession of drugs and firearms, aggravated assault and failure to stop for the police, he was sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment at the State Park Correctional Centre.

He was released in 1991, having reportedly written new material while imprisoned.

Brown's considerable influence has increased with the advent of hip-hop.

New urban-based styles are indebted to the raw funk provided by 'The Godfather of Soul', while Stubblefield's rhythmic patterns, particularly those on 1970's 'Funky Drummer', have been heavily sampled, as have Brown's notorious shouts, screams and vocal improvisations.

Artists as diverse as Public Enemy, George Michael and Sinead O'Connor have featured beats taken from Brown's impressive catalogue.

During the 90's he has continued to have further problems with the law and a continuing battle to quit drugs.

In 1995, he was forced to cope with a tragic medical accident when his ex-wife Adrienne died during surgery for liposuction.

In January 1998, there were new fears for his own health, and he was treated in hospital for addiction to painkillers.

Shortly afterwards he was arrested and charged for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm.

In December 2006, Brother James had just visited his dentist, who informed the man that something wasn't quite right healthwise, and he should seek some medical attention.

He was suffering from severe pneumonia and passed away at 1:45 a.m. (0645 GMT), on Christmas Day, at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta after being admitted there over that weekend in 2006, his agent, Frank Copsidas disclosed.

James Brown's body made the journey back to his hometown of Augusta, Georgia, for his funeral.

His influence over dance music styles cannot be ignored. His back catalogue is second to none.

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Please, Please, Please (King 1959)
Try Me (King 1959)
Think (King 1960)
The Amazing James Brown (King 1961)
James Brown Presents His Band Night Train (King 1961)
Shout And Shimmy (King 1962)
James Brown And His Famous Flames Tour The USA (King 1962)
Excitement Mr Dynamite (King 1962)
Live At The Apollo (King 1963)
Prisoner Of Love (King 1963)
Pure Dynamite! Live At The Royal (King 1964)
Showtime (Smash 1964)
The Unbeatable James Brown (King 1964)
Grits And Soul (Smash 1964)
Out Of Sight (Smash 1964)
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (King 1965)
James Brown Plays James Brown Today And Yesterday (Smash 1965)
I Got You (I Feel Good) (King 1966)
Mighty Instrumentals (King 1966)
James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) (Smash 1966)
Soul Brother No. 1: It's A Man's Man's Man's World (King 1966)
James Brown Sings Christmas Songs (King 1966)
Handful Of Soul (Smash 1966)
The James Brown Show (Smash 1967)
Sings Raw Soul (King 1967)
James Brown Plays The Real Thing (Smash 1967)
Live At The Garden (King 1967)
Cold Sweat (King 1967)
James Brown Presents His Show Of Tomrrow (King 1968)
I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (King 1968)
I Got The Feelin' (King 1968)
Live At The Apollo, Volume 2 (King 1968)
James Brown Sings Out Of Sight (King 1968)
Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things (King 1968)
A Soulful Christmas (King 1968)
Say It Loud, IÕm Black And IÕm Proud (King 1969)
Gettin' Down To It (King 1969)
The Popcorn (King 1969)
It's A Mother (King 1969)
Ain't It Funky (King 1970)
Soul On (King 1970)
It's A New Day - Let A Man Come In (King 1970)
Sex Machine (King 1970)
Hey America (King 1970)
Super Bad (King 1971)
Sho' Is Funky Down Here (King 1971)
Hot Pants (Polydor 1971)
Revolution Of The Mind Live At The Apollo, Volume 3 (Polydor 1971)
There It Is (Polydor 1972)
Get On The Good Foot (Polydor 1972)
Black Caesar (Polydor 1973)
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (Polydor 1973)
The Payback (Polydor 1974)
Hell (Polydor 1974)
Reality (Polydor 1975)
Sex Machine Today (Polydor 1975)
Everybody's Doin' The Hustle And Dead On The Double Bump (Polydor 1975)
Hot (Polydor 1976)
Get Up Offa That Thing (Polydor 1976)
Bodyheat (Polydor 1976)
Mutha's Nature (Polydor 1977)
Jam 1980's (Polydor 1978)
Take A Look At Those Cakes (Polydor 1979)
The Original Disco Man (Polydor 1979)
People (Polydor 1980)
James Brown ... Live Hot On The One (Polydor 1980)
Soul Syndrome (TK 1980)
Nonstop! (Polydor 1981)
Live In New York (Audio Fidelity 1981)
Bring It On (Churchill 1983)
Gravity (Scotti Brothers 1986)
James Brown And Friends (Polydor 1988)
I'm Real (Scotti Brothers 1988)
Soul Session Live (Scotti Brothers 1989)
Love Over-Due (Scotti Brothers 1991)
Universal James (1993)
Funky President (1993)
Live At The Apollo 1995 (Scotti Brothers 1995)
The Next Step (CNR Records 2003)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Legend: Isaac Hayes

b. 20th August 1942, Covington, Tennessee, U.S.A
d. 10th August 2008, Memhis, Tennessee, U.S.A


Isaac Hayes played piano and organ in several clubs in the Memphis area.

He was born on the 20th of August 1942, in Covington, Tennessee.

Isaac's parents died during his childhood, so he was raised by his grandparents.

He began singing in church at the age of five and taught himself the piano, organ and saxophone.

Isaac then relocated to Memphis to perform on the city's club circuit

He was a member of several groups, including, Sir Isaac And The Doo-dads, the Teen Tones and Sir Calvin And His Swinging Cats.

In 1962, he began his recording career, recording sides for a variety of local labels.

In 1964, Isaac signed to the Stax Records imprint.

Isaac worked with the Mar-Keys saxophonist Floyd Newman and stood in, from time to time, for Booker T. Jones.

After playing on several sessions for Otis Redding, Isaac then teamed up with David Porter and the pair achieved success with Sam And Dave's 'Hold On I'm Comin', 'Soul Man' and 'When Something Is Wrong With My Baby'.

They penned Carla Thomas's song, 'B-A-B-Y', and Johnnie Taylor's tunes 'I Had A Dream' and 'I Gotta Love Somebody's Baby'.

Isaac and David formed the group the Soul Children as a vehicle for their songwriting.

In 1967 Isaac relaunched his recording career with the album 'Presenting Isaac Hayes', in 1967.

'Hot Buttered Soul' followed on two years later.

'The Isaac Hayes Movement' and 'To Be Continued' followed in 1970, with 'Black Moses' arriving in 1972.

The blaxploitation movie 'Shaft' was also released that year, the title track of which became a huge hit on both the Pop and R & B charts that year, reaching the number one spot.

The song was later covered by Eddy And The Soul Band in 1985, and reached number 13 in the U.K. charts.

There were other movie soundtracks that followed in the form of 'Tough Guys', in 1973, and 'Truck Turner' in 1974.

Isaac left Stax in 1975, following disputes over royalties, and set up his own Hot Buttered Soul label.

After problems with the taxman, Isaac was declared bankrupt the following year.

He then relocated to the Polydor and Spring imprints.

In 1977, the double-LP 'A Man and a Woman', recorded with Dionne Warwick, indicated a resurgence in his recording career.

In 1979 a collection of duets with Millie Jackson, titled 'Royal Rappin's', was released.

Isaac, also, produced the album 'Here's My Love' for the artist Linda Clifford the same year.

Isaac then released a couple of solo albums, 1980's 'And Once Again' and 1981's 'Lifetime Thing'.

The same year, Isaac made an appearance in the John Carpenter movie 'Escape From New York', with him playing the role of 'The Duke Of New York'.

Musically, Isaac also retired for five years before re-emerging with 'Ike's Rap', a Top 10 U.S. R & B single taken from the album 'U Turn'.

Two years later he returned again with 'Love Attack', before again dropping out of music to focus on acting.

By 1995, Isaac had converted to Scientology.

He then released two CD's in the form of 'Branded' and the instrumental 'Raw and Refined'.

Under the official name Nene Katey Ocansey I, he also served as a member of the royal family of the African nation of Ghana.

1997 saw Isaac providing the voice of Jerome 'Chef' McElroy, on the animated series South Park.

In the year 2000, 29 years after the release of the movie 'Shaft', Isaac began work on a new version of the original, for a follow up similarly entitled 'Shaft'.

This was based around the detective, with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role originally made famous by Richard Rountree.

In 2001, he supported Alicia Keys as a musician and arranger on her acclaimed debut album 'Songs in A Minor', utilising real instrumentation.

The song 'Rock Wit U' was utilised on the 2001 movie soundtrack.

Many of his original Enterprise albums have been reissued in CD format by U.K. Ace under their reactivated Stax logo.

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Presenting Isaac Hayes (later reissued as 'In The Beginning') (Stax 1967)
Hot Buttered Soul (Enterprise 1969)
The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1970)
To Be Continued (Enterprise 1970)
Shaft (Enterprise 1971)
Black Moses (Enterprise 1971)
Live At The Sahara Tahoe (Enterprise 1973)
Joy (Enterprise 1973)
Tough Guys film soundtrack (Enterprise 1974)
Truck Turner film soundtrack (Enterprise 1974)
Chocolate Chip (HBS 1975)
Use Me (Enterprise 1975)
Disco Connection (HBS 1976)
Groove-A-Thon (HBS 1976)
Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) (HBS 1976)
with Dionne Warwick: A Man And A Woman (HBS 1977)
New Horizon (Polydor 1977)
Memphis Movement (1977)
Hot Bed (Stax 1978)
For The Sake Of Love (Polydor 1978)
Don't Let Go (Polydor 1979)
with Millie Jackson: Royal Rappin's (Polydor 1979)
And Once Again (Polydor 1980)
Light My Fire (1980)
A Lifetime Thing (Polydor 1981)
U-Turn (Columbia 1984)
Love Attack (Columbia 1988)
Branded (Pointblank 1995)
Raw And Refined (Pointblank 1995)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Legend: Curtis Mayfield

b. 3rd June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

d. 26th December 1999, North Fulton Regional Hospital, Roswell, Georgia, U.S.A.


Curtis Mayfield has played a major pivotal role in soul music over the last 40 years and has influenced countless musicians (and politicians).

Between 1961 and 1971, he wrote a succession of influential singles for his group, including 'Gypsy Woman' (1961), 'It's All Right, (1963), 'People Get Ready' (1965), 'We're A Winner' (1968) and 'Choice Of Colours' (1969).

Curtis wrote tender love songs and those protesting social and political equality.

Decades later Bob Marley lifted lines from 'People Get Ready' to populate his own recording, 'One Love'.

Two independent record companies, Windy C and Curtom, emphasized Mayfield's important role within black music, while his continued support for other artists as composer, producer or session guitarist, enhanced a reputation beyond that of just a singer.

Jerry Butler, Major Lance, Gene Chandler and Walter Jackson are among the many Chicago-based singers benefiting from Mayfield's songwriting skills.

Having parted company with The Impressions in 1970, Curtis began his solo career with '(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go', a suitably astringent protest song.

The following year Mayfield penned his biggest UK success when 'Move On Up', reached number 12, an energetic dancer that charted in the USA and U.K. alike.

There, the awards continued as success was maintained with 'Freddie's Dead' (US R & B number 2 / number 4 pop hit) and the theme from 'Superfly' (1972), a 'blaxploitation' film that he also, wrote.

Both singles and the album achieved gold status, inspiring further excursions into the movies.

The soundtracks including 'Claudine', 'A Piece Of The Action', 'Sparkle' and 'Short Eyes', the last of which featured Mayfield in an acting role.

The singer continued to prove popular and subsequent work, including his production of Aretha Franklin's 1978 album, 'Almighty Fire' is held in high regard.

In 1981, he joined the Boardwalk label, for which he recorded 'Honesty', his strongest album since the days of the early 70's.

The death of the label's managing director left an enormous gap, and Mayfield's career was then blighted by music industry lethargy.

The singer remained a highly popular live attraction, particularly in Britain where '(Celebrate) The Day After You', a collaboration with the Blow Monkeys, became a minor hit.

In 1990, a freak accident, in which part of a public address rig collapsed on top of him during a concert, left Mayfield permanently paralyzed from the neck down.

The effects, both personal and professional, proved costly, but not completely devastating in terms of his musical career.

The material from 'BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert' was gathered from the gig at London's Town And Country Club during Mayfield's 1990 European tour.

In 1993, Warner Brothers released 'A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield' featuring various artists including Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Steve Winwood, which was an excellent tribute to the Mayfield songbook.

Aretha's version of 'The Makings Of You' was excellent.

A year later Charly Records reissued the majority of Mayfields 70's albums on CD as well as several compilations.

In 1996,Rhino Records gathered the best package in a three-CD box set.

At the end of 1996, a new album, 'New World Order' , was released to excellent reviews.

During the recording of 'New World Order', Mayfield had to lie on his front, supended by a harness, in order to give some gravitational power to his voice.

His contribution to soul music has been immense, whatever the limitations of his disability, his voice, however, remained perfect, sensitive and unique.

On Boxing Day 1999, Curtis passed away in his sleep at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, U.S.A. His contribution to society and music is unmeasurable. Curtis Mayfield Obituary

'Pusherman' is utilised as part of the American curriculum in the fight against drugs.

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Curtis (Buddah 1970)
Curtis/Live! (Buddah 1971)
Roots (Buddah 1971)
Superfly film soundtrack (Buddah 1972)
Back To The World (Buddah 1973)
Curtis In Chicago (Buddah 1973)
Sweet Exorcist (Buddah 1974)
Got To And A Way (Buddah 1974)
Claudine (Buddah 1975)
Let's Do It Again (Curtom 1975)
There's No Place Like America Today (Curtom 1975)
Sparkle (Curtom 1976)
Give, Get, Take And Have (Curtom 1976)
Short Eyes (Curtom 1977)
Never Say You Can't Survive (Curtom 1977)
A Piece Of The Action (Curtom 1978)
Do It All Night (Curtom 1978)
Heartbeat (RSO 1979) with Linda Clifford
The Right Combination (RSO 1980)
Something To Believe In (RSO 1980)
Love Is The Place (Boardwalk 1981)
Honesty (Boardwalk 1983)
We Come In Peace With A Message Of Love (CRC 1985)
Live In Europe (Ichiban 1988)
People Get Ready (Essential 1990)
Take It To The Streets (Curtom 1990)
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Windsong 1994)
New World Order (Warners 1996)

Francis Lai - Madam Claude II (1982)

1. I Wait For Love
2. Ballade a Cheval
3. Hong Kong
4. Menace
5. Generique de Debut
6. Amour, Delices et Violoncelle
7. Symphonie Romantique
8. Indiscretion
9. Attaque de Mme Claude
10. J'attends l'amour
11. Arrivee au Manoir
12. Paris le Matin
13. Generique de Fin

Well since Serge Gainsbourg's Madam Claude is my most downloaded out of all of the other soundtracks. I decided to post this 1982 release by Fancis Lai. I can't remember where I found this at, but I'm sure that you all will dig this just like the others. Enjoy!

Nat Dove - Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

1. Petey Wheatstraw (Vocal)
2. Ghetto Street USA
3. Zombie March (Instrumental)
4. Loving You (Vocal)
5. Walking theme (Instrumental)
6. Ghetto Street USA (Vocal)
7. Joy (Vocal)
8. Steve's Den (Instrumental)
9. Loving You (Instrumental)
10. Petey Wheatstraw (Instrumental)
11. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
Of Rudy Ray Moore's album output, this soundtrack is one of the easier LPs to obtain. It's a good album, mixing funk and jazz in equal measures, but the jazz is second-rate and the funk is not consistent. There are few tracks and most are pressed in two versions, vocal and instrumental. The best track is the outstanding funk instrumental 'Zombie March', featuring a great horn riff over a fat breakbeat.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Gerald Lee - Black Shampoo (1976)

1. Mr. Jonathan
2. I'll Get You
3. Soft
4. Move On
5. Can You Feel The Love
6. The Chase
7. The Search
8. The Bust Up
9. Deciding On You
10. Main Theme
11. The Flight
12. Fanfare
13. Can You Feel The Love (Reprise)
14. The BBQ
15. Love Theme
16. Black Briefcase
17. Deciding On You (Reprise)
18. Mr. Jonathan (Reprise)
19. The Rescue
20. Dialog
Funky music, dialogue and sound effects from the 1976 blaxploitation movie Black Shampoo. This is great for DJ/producers - with plenty of funky 70s music and clean dialogue to scratch or sample.

Ripped & Uploaded By: Nick Meztelen

Monday, June 16, 2008

Infernal Blues Machine - Adios Amigo (1976)

1. Adios Amigo
2. Needing You (Wanting You, Loving You)
3. When You Move You Lose
4. Ju Ju
5. Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
6. When Loves Calls Your Name
7. Write Me A Letter
8. Ain't That Love
9. I Can Make It But It Would Be Easier With Love
This album contains some obscure blaxploitation cuts from the Fred Williamson movie 'Adios Amigo'. The movie theme is pretty tight - good strong groove, slightly cod Mexican feel to it, but it moves well. The other two tracks from the movie are forgettable love themes. The first side of this LP comprises the funk tracks - there's a strong hard funk cut in Ju Ju - while the flip tracks are the dull soulful numbers. Worth a dig.

Movie Review
Adios Amigo (1976)

BlackSmoke - The Candy Tangerine Man [A.K.A. The Candy Tangerine Man] (1976)

1. Gotta Bad Feeling
2. Screamin'
3. Turn This Feeling Around
4. There It Is
5. I Don't Care (What You Do)
6. You Needn't Worry Now
7. What Goes Around Comes Around
8. Sunshine Roses And Rainbow
9. Freedom Of The Mind
In our continuing mission to track down all sorts of obscure funk music as featured in the movies of the 1970s, we finally tracked down the music that's featured in B-movie blaxploitation classic 'Candy Tangerine Man'. It's from quite an easy-to-find funk LP, the self-title release by Smoke. The music is quality mid-70s dancefloor funk, pretty tight all through. Mostly vocal, it's not a standard soundtrack record and makes no mention of the movie on the sleeve, but check out the film then look at the hats of the guys on the LP sleeve... anyway, 3 tracks from this LP were used in the movie. Good stuff.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

J. Steiger & Jimmy Lewis - Solomon King (1974)

1. Theme From Solomon King
2. Ain't That Nothing
3. Changes
4. Teach Me
5. The Lover Affair Is Over
6. Sad Feeling
One of the most obscure blaxploitation soundtrack albums, Solomon King was the product of Sal Watts, who wrote, directed and starred in the movie. The album was produced for the film's premiere and was released on Sal's own record label. The entire first side is taken up by the 15-minute Solomon King Theme, a great funk track featuring good phased wah guitar, bizarre synth drums, a Shaft-style riff and some groovy breaks. The second side of the album contains several very dodgy soul cuts; stick to the first side.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jack Ashford - Blackjack (1978)

1. Blackjack
2. Las Vegas Strut
3. Fremont Street
4. You Can Bet My Love Is True
5. Vibe Interlude
6. Run, Run, Catch Him
7. Study The Robbery
8. Falling In Love With You
9. Hot Chrome
10. I'm Back Home
11. Blues For Bass
Solid disco-funk and soul soundtrack from Jack Ashford for the obscure blaxploitation movie from 1978 directed by John Evans and starring William Smith, Tony Burton and Frank Christi. Jack Ashford was part of a group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers whose sound defined Motown in the 60's and 70's. They worked with such legendary performers as Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles and many more.

Thanks Anonymous

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gordon Staples & The String Thing - Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)

1. Strung Out
2. Toonie
3 From A Heart That's True To Only One
4. Hustle
5. Love Theme
6. If Your Love Were Mine
7. Get Down
8. Sound of Zodiac
9. It's Got To Be Alright
10. Strung Out (Reprise 1)
11. I'm Back
12. Strung Out (Reprise 2)
13. Who Knows Better
14. Dialog 2 & 3
Fred Williamson certainly managed to pick some superb music for his films. Here, parts of an old Motown album (Strung Out by Gordon Staples) are reused to great effect in Mean Johnny Barrows, a Williamson classic. The main theme is the 'Strung Out' track on this 45, while the flip side is used as incidental music in several places in the film. The original Strung Out LP also includes another track from the movie (a ballad), but it's not the same mix that appears in the film, so we've highlighted the 45 instead. The music is excellent: a head-nodding midtempo funky groover with nice atmospheric choppy wah, tight drums and a killer funky strings line - quite a rarity, too.

Thanks Soulfinga

Monday, June 9, 2008

Garfeel Ruff - The Hitter (1979)

1. The Hitter
2. Distant
3. Don't Count On Me
4. Golden Time Of Day
5. Bring On The Love
6. Jump Street
7. Street Hustlin'
8. You're In Good Hands
9. I Wish You Well
10. Fortune
Ron 'Superfly' O'Neal starred in this late obscure, depressing blaxploitation film from 1979 about a failed bare knuckle fighter and hustler. The music has a very well-produced, clean sound and features tracks from Raul Da Souza alongside the original film music from Garfeel Ruff. The originals are good late 70's funk, generally slow tempo with deep bass and a strong horn section. This album can be found fairly easily, invariably still sealed and quite cheap, so obtain a copy if you can.

Provided by Tony
Link to movie review
Christopher Leitch - The Hitter (1979)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Taj Mahal - Brothers (1977)

1. Love Theme in the Key of D
2. Funky Butt
3. Brother's Doin' Time
4. Night Rider
5. Free the Brothers
6. Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings)
7. The Funeral March
8. Malcolm's Song
9. David and Angela

Not My Review
Taj produced, wrote and arranged this soundtrack from the late 70's film. It has a strong Caribbean feel to the percussion and Taj's voice is strong and fluid as ever. The synopsis from the cover is as follows: "He was nobody, a black man in a white man's prison. She was somebody; a notorious, beautiful radical, black professor. Their love story caused a national convulsion. This film is that story. And it happened." I've never seen the flick myself, but I love the record. Nice simple cover graphics are well chosen.

Link to movie review
Arthur Barron - Brothers (1977)

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Book Of Numbers (1972)

1. Walk With The Lord (Vocal by Pat Kessee)
2. Riding To Bookers
3. Blue's Last Walk
4. Eldorado
5. Stompin' At Booker's
6. Poor Little June Bug
7. I'm So Glad (Vocal by Barbara Massey)
8. Cracker Cops
9. Blueboy's Holler
10. Moog montage: the clan, no way out, chase down
A low-key soundtrack to a film starring Philip Michael Thomas, later of Miami Vice. The album features a country and western motif and much harmonica. Take the time to listen more closely and you'll discover a great smooth funky soul vocal track, "I'm So Glad", and an interesting moog and guitar instrumental.

L.T.G. Exchange - Susie Heartbreaker (1975)

1. Susie Heartbreaker (Ghetto Child)
2. Gemini Girl
3. Stone Broke
4. Dinero
5. A Child Will Show You The Way
6. Satisfied With Your Love
7. Money Mad
8. Trickin'
9. Sky High
10. Cop & Blow World

Hmm, I really can't any reviews on this album, but I'm guessing that somebody will come through with a nice description to this rare find!

Thanks Funkback"Susie Heartbreaker (Score from the black-rock operetta) by L.T.G. Exchange (1975) my own vinyl rip."